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Class 2 Philippines Dragon Boat Racing Destination

Manila Bay, during the northeast monsoon season (November to May), is a great place for dragon boat racing. Here, at sunrise, almost daily, you will find dragon boat racing clubs training for future glory.

Ever since the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) expedition to Sydney, Australia, in 2007, when they became World Champions and set a new World record in the 200 metre Premier Open category, dragon boat racing has entered the Philippine psyche and a spectacular sport that the country can win.

After the PDBF won two gold medals in Prague in 2009 and then set another new World record in Tampa Bay, Florida, in 2011 for 1000 metres Mens small-boat, the politics of the sport overtook the PDBF. Since then dragon boat teams around the country have been required to state their allegiance to the grass roots organization PDBF or to instead join the Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation (PCKF) - the PCKF is the politic body recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that wishes to acquire PDBF credentials.

Dragon Boat Racing Locations Around Manila Bay

Away from the politics, the competitors continue to train for glory in Manila Bay. You will find the enthusiastic men and women of Manila near the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) most mornings, paddling to the drum beat.

During the northeast monsoon season competitions are held along the Bay Walk area of Roxas Boulevard, Manila, usually on Sundays, when teams from around the country come to compete for the chance of beating the Philippine Army team - the current World record holders.

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Rent Dragon Boat Racing Equipment In Manila Bay

It is virtually impossible to rent dragon boat racing canoes in Manila unless you join one of the PDBF or PCKF affiliated paddling clubs or teams. Having said that, the only requirement to join either federation is be prepared to put in the time on the water, usually early morning. You will probably have to buy your own paddle too.

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